EDU 807 - Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
(4 credits) Introduction to the theories, methodologies, and findings of qualitative research. Particular attention is given to the nature of fieldwork in various research settings: community, institutional, classroom, and life history studies. Also examined are issues in qualitative research: thick vs. thin descriptions; the politics of interpretation; ethics of fieldwork; possible applications of qualitative research findings. Focuses on specific methodologies such as participant observation, interpretive biography, and open-ended interviewing.